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    Talks going on by phone

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    [size=18px]NFL, UNION QUIBBLE BY CONFERENCE CALL[/size]

    A league source tells us that representatives of the NFL and the NFLPA currently are negotiating via conference call the remaining issues that need to be resolved before a deal on a new CBA can be completed.

    The source had no specific information as to whether progress is being made.

    The talks have resumed less than 24 hours after NFLPA lawyer Jeffrey Kessler declared them to be dead as a doornail.

    Apparently, reports of the demise of said doornail have been greatly exaggerated.

    If a new deal is going to be reached, something needs to happen soon. Teams are facing a 6:00 p.m. EST deadline for getting under the $94.53 million salary cap for 2006. If talks break down again, look for another extension to be provided.
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    I hate the NFLPA... bunch of idiots... especially Upshaw.
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    I'm so tired of this crap! Just shut up and move on, or get something done! They're all being a bunch of spoiled cyrbabies.

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    They better not just do another extension ... argh!

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    Re: Talks going on by phone

    [size=18px]NFL Labor Negotiations Resume, Deal Close[/size]

    By Mark Maske
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Sunday, March 5, 2006; 12:24 PM


    Labor negotiations between representatives of the NFL's team owners and the players' union resumed late this morning in New York amid renewed optimism that a settlement was within reach, a day after the talks had collapsed yet again.

    A union official said just before 11:15 a.m. that the bargaining session was about to begin. Gene Upshaw, the executive director of the Players Association, and Richard Berthelsen, the union's general counsel, traveled back to New York from Washington this morning after leaving New York when talks broke down yesterday.

    Upshaw said via e-mail early this morning that the parties were "now in the area where we will get a deal. I think it may be there. It comes down to a few final points."

    Another participant in the talks said just before today's bargaining session began that any optimism should be tempered, however, because the sides had not yet resumed face-to-face negotiations and there still was plenty of work to be done. He said he was hopeful but less than certain that a settlement was imminent.

    It seemed possible that the two sides could agree to a second postponement of the opening of the free-agent market, scheduled for midnight, if they made progress today but could not complete a deal.

    Even if the parties emerge from today's negotiations with a tentative agreement, the owners and players would have to ratify the deal. It could be particularly difficult for NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to get a consensus among the owners. The labor deal would have to be ratified by at least 24 of the 32 teams.

    If the labor deal is accompanied by an agreement among the owners for clubs to increase the degree to which they share locally generated revenues, it's possible that nine high-revenue teams would band together to block approval of the labor settlement. If the labor deal isn't accompanied by a revenue-sharing accord among the owners, it's possible that nine low-revenue clubs could block it.

    Tagliabue had informed the owners they would meet Tuesday in Dallas if there's a labor agreement with the union up for ratification.

    The players' executive board is scheduled to meet this week in Hawaii, and the union could put any settlement with owners up for the players' approval then.

    The negotiations broke off yesterday with Upshaw saying the owners were unable to compromise, and he left New York and returned to Washington. But the owners were meeting via conference call when Upshaw departed, and league spokesman Greg Aiello said the owners expected negotiations to resume today.

    The talks ended yesterday with the owners offering 56.6 percent of an expanded pool of league revenues to the players as compensation under a salary-cap system. Upshaw had dropped his demand that the players receive at least 60 percent, but he would not specify exactly what percentage his latest proposal called for.

    Upshaw has maintained that any labor deal between the players and owners would have to be accompanied by an agreement among the owners to increase the degree to which the 32 NFL teams share locally generated revenues. Otherwise, Upshaw has said, lower-revenue clubs could not afford the salary commitment they would be making to the players. Owners have said they could complete a labor deal with the players without finishing a revenue-sharing agreement immediately.

    The compromise might be a provision in the labor deal to limit the amount of money that teams can spend above the flexible salary cap. That would address the concerns of lower-revenue teams that the high-revenue clubs could gain a competitive advantage by using their wealth to consistently outspend the salary cap and get better players. The sides had been negotiating about such "cash over cap" before talks broke off yesterday.

    The league's free-agent market is scheduled to open at midnight. Teams must be under next season's $94.5 million salary cap by then. If they must release players to get under the cap, they must do so by 6 p.m.

    But Upshaw and Tagliabue, facing a similar deadline, agreed Thursday to push back those deadlines by 72 hours, and they could agree to another postponement today if more time is needed to complete the deal or an agreement must be ratified.

    The current labor deal keeps the salary-cap system in place through the 2006 season, then there would be a season without a salary cap in 2007 before the deal expires. Tagliabue said Thursday, just after the owners had a 57-minute meeting in New York to officially reject a players' proposal, that the owners had proposed an extension that would run through the 2011 season.

    A labor settlement would push next season's salary cap as high as $108 million per team and would alleviate the salary-cap crunches being experienced by many teams.

    NFL Labor Negotiations Resume, Deal Close

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    Re: Talks going on by phone

    NFL TA just falshed a few minutes ago that they ahve extended the dead line for the teams by like another 4 hours, they are still talking about the CBA trying to get things done.

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    Ya, it was extended until 10pm for the teams to have their cuts in.

    They must be getting close if they thought it would be worth 4 hours of extension.

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    "snowinapril" wrote:
    NFL TA just falshed a few minutes ago that they ahve extended the dead line for the teams by like another 4 hours, they are still talking about the CBA trying to get things done.
    Deadline is now 10o PM EST.....FAgency starts at 12:01AM tomorrow....


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    Talks are OFF OFF I SAID>>>>>>>>

    Talks are done with , but there talking about pushing the FA till wensday possibly....

    CBA is not going to get done....It's a dead deal now..


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    "VikingNed" wrote:
    Talks are OFF OFF I SAID>>>>>>>>

    Talks are done with , but there talking about pushing the FA till wensday possibly....

    CBA is not going to get done....It's a dead deal now..
    I heard talks are off, but FA starts at midnight.

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